A Show Skating Tradition
Training skaters for professions in the ice show industry has been a focus of our program since the 1960s. Our skating school founder, Robert Unger, toured with Holiday On Ice for many years in Europe and in the United States before deciding to settle down in East Tennessee.
SHOW DIRECTOR: LUCIE KRAUSOVA
Lucie Krausova has more than 13 years of experience as a professional show skater and was a World-level competitor in the International Skating Union system.
Lucie was a principal skater with Willy Bietak Productions, performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for many years. She was also a principal skater/soloist for Rand Productions, Magic On Ice, Mexico, Wolfsburg, Germany,Illusion On Ice, Mexico, and Portaventura Park, Spain.
Ms. Krausova also competed internationally. She was the Czech Republic Senior National Champion for three years, champion of the ISU World Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic, and Bronze medalist of the Karl Schafer Memorial in Vienna, Austria. She also competed at the ISU European Championships and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
HEAD PRO: Larry LaBorde
Current Ice Chalet Manager and President of Chalet Ice Rinks, Inc. Larry LaBorde, toured for several years with Disney's World On Ice.
In 1987, Larry created the annual "Nutcracker On Ice" show at the Ice Chalet, which debuted at Market Square Mall in downtown Knoxville.
"Nutcracker On Ice" celebrated its 32nd year in 2019.
PROSKATERS PERFORMANCE CAMP AND LIVE AUDITIONS
Since 2013, the Ice Chalet has hosted ProSkaters' "Performance Camp and Live Auditions," welcoming skaters from throughout the United States to learn the ropes of professional ice skating and the training required to acquire a position with one of the international ice shows. Producers from many different shows, including Feld Entertainment's Disney On Ice and Willy Bietak Productions' Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, come to Knoxville to participate in the performance camp and to conduct live auditions at the conclusion of the two-day experience.